Jordan Glenn Nelson, 26, adoring father, husband, son and brother, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Idaho Falls.
Jordan was born March 14, 1987, in Idaho Falls, the youngest son of Mark and Christine Haymond Nelson. He loved that he shared a birthday with his best friend and sister, "Nats." He attended Idaho Falls High School, excelling in basketball and football, where his athleticism, size and indomitable spirit intimidated opponents and endeared him to teammates and coaches. He pursued his love of football at the University of Utah.
He served an LDS mission to Independence, Mo., from 2006 to 2007; and during his youth, he served a mission with his family in Madrid, Spain, from 1991 through 1994.
Jordan married Rachel Marie Matheny on Jan. 30, 2010, in the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, Utah. He adored their beautiful daughter, Hadley, and above all, treasured being Hadley's daddy.
Jordan was a gentle giant who championed the underdog. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed teasing and playing with his siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was a natural comedian, making people laugh. His warm heart and contagious smile made everyone feel as if he was their best friend.
Jordan earned his Eagle Scout Award and especially enjoyed snowmobiling and jet skiing.
He owned and operated Wholesale Direct Tire and Wheel.
He is survived by his wife, Rachel; and daughter, Hadley Reese Nelson of Idaho Falls; his parents, Mark and Christine Nelson; his in-laws, David and Laurel Udall; brother, Aaron (Lana) Nelson; and sister, Natalie (Eric) Beck; sister-in-law, Tracey Wilcox Nelson; grandparents, Glenn C. and Emma Jane Nelson, and Dean and Mildred Haymond; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his older brother, Nathan C. Nelson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at the LDS Chapel at 3195 S. Holmes Ave., on the corner of Sunnyside and Holmes, with Bishop Wesley Frey conducting. The family will visit with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls, and Saturday for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Jordan Nelson Memorial Fund online at http://fundly .com/jordan-nelson-memorial-fund.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.coltrinmortuary.com.